Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi is Pakistan’s top tennis player, who has won most Davis Cup matches for his country. He has been praised for promoting harmony between Pakistan and India when he teamed up with the Indian tennis player Rohan Bopanna, with whom he reached the 2010 US Open Grand Slam Tennis finals in men’s doubles. Aisam is a recipient of the President’s Award for Pride of Performance, and will receive the Sitara-e-Imtiaz by the Government of Pakistan in March 2011.
On November 8, 2010, Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi was officially appointed as UNDP National Goodwill Ambassador for Early Recovery. On the occasion of his appointment, he said: “I am honored to become a Goodwill Ambassador for UNDP in Pakistan. I have been lucky in life to pursue my passion for tennis. It is important for me to help people who lost everything because of the floods to get back on their feet”.
Aisam-ul-Haq is also a member of the "Champions for Peace" club, a group of 40 athletes committed to serving peace in the world through sport, created by a Monaco-based Peace and Sport organization. Together with this Organization, Aisam and Bopanna are currently working closely with their respective state governments to organize a tennis match at the Wagah Border to further promote peace between the two countries.
Aisam-ul-Haq, born March 17, 1980 in Lahore, Pakistan, has benefited from his parents’ devotion to his career. His father, Ihtsham-ul-Haq Qureshi, was awarded the Prince Henrik Medal of Honour by the Royal Kingdom of Denmark. His mother, Nosheen Ihtsham, is a former Pakistan No. 1 tennis player.
Aisam-ul-Haq raises funds for flood-affected people through his family’s Haq Foundation.